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Jonah Busch

Senior Fellow

Forests, climate change, land-use change, REDD+, biodiversity conservation, environmental economics


PhD (Economics and Environmental Science), Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA (Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Studies), Indiana University                    


Jonah Busch is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.  He is an environmental economist whose research focuses on the economics of climate change and tropical deforestation.

Busch is the lead developer of the OSIRIS suite of open-source software tools for mapping the benefits and costs of alternative policy decisions for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). His scientific publications on climate and forests have appeared in academic journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesLand EconomicsPLoS BiologyEnvironmental Research LettersConservation Letters, Environmental Science and Policy, and Carbon Management. He has also published on the economics of penguins, pandas, and surfers.  He serves on the editorial board of Conservation Letters.

Busch has advised on climate and forests for the President of Guyana, the governments of Norway, Indonesia, Bolivia, Suriname, Colombia, the United Kingdom, and California, the Global Environment Facility, and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. 

Busch served in the Peace Corps (Burkina Faso, ‘00-‘02) as a high school math teacher. Prior to joining CGD Busch was the Climate and Forest Economist at Conservation International. He speaks French, Spanish, Indonesian, and Mooré with varying degrees of proficiency and has traveled in more than sixty-five countries.  

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